Messages for iOS Gets Voice Recording, ‘Do Not Disturb’ in iOS 8

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When iOS 8 drops this fall, we will see a lot of big changes to the way the system runs. Users will be able to set a third-party system wide keyboard, Family Sharing will make it possible for members to download each other’s purchased content, and Photos will get in-app editing capabilities. Oh, there’s more. Much more.

One big update we are looking forward to involves changes to Messages. With iOS 8, we will be able to record voice messages, send videos faster than ever, control group chats, and more. Practically everything we’ve always wished were possible with Messages will come true in iOS 8.

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Apple’s New ‘Swift’ Programming Language has been in Development for Years

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple blew developers out of the water with the announcement that the company would be moving away from the decades-long programming language it currently uses. With iOS 8, coders will throw Objective-C out the window in exchange for the easier-to-use Swift programming language. What does that mean for the rest of us? It means better apps with less code glitches and bugs because coders will have an easier time creating programs for us to use. Apparently, Swift has been in the pipeline for almost half a decade.

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Apple Opens Camera API to Developers, Offers PhotosKit SDK For Photos in iOS 8

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Apple has a few new things in store for us this fall. Basically, nothing is set in stone because Apple has unlocked much of its secrets to share with developers. In fact, there will be more than 4,000 APIs and services that can facilitate new apps and features in iOS 8. One area that Apple has loosened its grip is with the native Photos and Camera apps.

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Apple Will Allow Third-Party Keyboards System Wide in iOS 8

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When Apple launches iOS 8, the biggest change will come on the developer end. The company is know for keeping things closed off to developers. However, iOS 8 will bring the biggest changes for developers since the launch of the App Store. One of the biggest new possibilities coming this fall will be the ability to choose what keyboard you use system wide.

That’s right. Apple has unlocked the ability for developers to create keyboards that users can use as their main keyboard function. I can’t wait to see all of the fun colors and goofy symbols that will find their way into the App Store this year.

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What Devices Are Going to Be Compatible with iOS 8?

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This week, Apple unveiled the upcoming iOS 8 and many of the cool new features we can expect to see at the fall launch. With each new update, the question arises as to what devices will still be compatible with the ever-changing technology that Apple offers its users. With iOS 7, users as far back as the iPhone 4, iPad mini and iPad 2, as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch are able to use the current software. When iOS 8 launches, the iPhone 4 will be off the list, leaving the iPhone 4s and higher, the fifth-generation iPod touch, the iPad 2 and higher, and the iPad mini and higher.

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Temple Run Hits One Billion Downloads as Gaming Grows on iOS

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Today, game maker Imangi Studios announced that its popular mobile game Temple Run and the sequel Temple Run 2 have been downloaded more than one billion times since the launch of the original in 2011. It just goes to show that dreams can come true for independent game developers. Imangi Studios started as a husband and wife team working out of their apartment. Not bad for only three years later.

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Family Sharing Brings Useful New Features to iOS 8

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Multi-device households are becoming the norm and now there is going to be a new way to handle the sharing of purchases and content between family members. This is a must-explore feature that is going to revolutionize how families use iOS.

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PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: iPad Case from Upcycled Shorts

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I have a stack of t-shirts, jeans, skirts, and other items of clothing that I’ve grown out of, or maybe they never fit to begin with. Who knows? I’m always looking for clever sewing projects that I can use my unwearable clothes for. This week’s do-it-yourself project is for an iPad case made out of an old pair of shorts, which I have a few pairs of in my stack. Guess I’d better start sewing.

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AirPlay Doesn’t Need Wi-Fi Network in iOS 8 Thanks to New Peer-to-Peer Feature

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Apple talked about a lot of new features coming this fall to iOS and OS X. However, there was also a lot of stuff they left off. One such feature that is coming to iOS 8 is the ability to share data from your device to Apple TV without needing to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Your device doesn’t even need to be online at all in order to share your screen with others through the set-top box.

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Five Features We Wish Apple Had Added to iOS 8

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With this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple showed of a bunch of new features that, believe it or not, will actually make iOS better than it already is. Over the past few months, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about things that Apple was supposedly working on adding in iOS 8. However, some of those features never came into reality. To honor their memory, we’ve got a list of features we wish Apple would have added to iOS 8.

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